The Girls by Lori Lansens

I read this book as a requirement for my Disabilities Literature class, and I absolutely loved it… so I here I am, telling you that you should read it too!

The Girls, by Lori Lansens, is the story of a pair of twins, Rose and Ruby Darlen.  Rose is the serious, talented writer and Ruby is the beautiful, funny one who loves to discover ancient artifacts.  They’re twenty-nine years old, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal for the average set of twins.  But these twins are joined at the head, and at 29 years old, they are the oldest surviving craniopagus twins in the world.  The Girls is told from both Rose’s and Ruby’s perspectives; they alternate chapters as they write a book together about their life. 

You might think that the central story line would be Rose and Ruby’s disability, but it’s not.  These girls refuse to let their disability define them.  In fact, at times, you will probably forget that they are joined at the head.  These girls are extraordinary first, and disabled second.  Their disablity does play a role in how they live their lives, but their story tells more about  their struggle to be accepted by others.  At times, you will also probably forget that this is a work of fiction, and not a true autobiography.  I don’t know how Lansens did it, but she really managed to give each character their own unique voice, and she made this story come to life in an incrediblely realistic way. 

I would tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away.  The writing is beautiful, the story is amazing… just see for yourselves and read this book!  You won’t be sorry :)

Here’s another review that I think sums it up pretty well:


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